WE WOULD like to express our sincere thanks to the Toodyay Lions Club for their generous donation of $500 to purchase 11 Digitech Rechargeable Headphones for members of the Toodyay community who are living with memory loss/dementia.
The headphones with in-built FM radio, microphone and SD Card (to record music) are proving to be a huge success with the local recipients.
With the number of people throughout Australia living with dementia increasing daily, and music being recognised as providing a calm and relaxing influence, the residents of Toodyay are extremely fortunate in having a progressive and forward-thinking Lions Club to assist them through this indiscriminate life-changing journey.
If anyone in Toodyay is living with memory loss/dementia and has not yet received their free set of headphones please contact Angi on 0468 549 143.
BIG THANKS to Toodyay Cr Paula Greenway and the shire rangers – especially Chris – who helped with a situation that wasn’t your usual dog-related incident.
I won’t go into the details but a potentially messy situation for all involved was resolved in a timely manner without too much stress overall.
I found the rangers’ commonsense approach, professionalism and excellent customer service a credit to the shire.
Thanks again Cr Greenway for your phone call, even though you were on leave at the time, and Chris who did an outstanding job in an unusual situation.
I RECENTLY submitted an opinion piece (more than 750 words) to The Toodyay Herald about the Toodyay Road upgrade.
I was told it could not be published because The Herald does not publish lengthy opinions from readers unless the author has a particular expertise in the subject,
I was invited to reduce it to half its length for publication as a Letter to the Editor but I can’t do that.
Anyone interested can contact me for a copy.
HOW SAD to read Dave Wakeman is being harassed by the shire and a neighbour because of a horse in rural Toodyay.
I am sure there are rules in place but the shire has been known to play loose with the rules on occasions, which it is entitled to do.
For instance, some years ago two non-conforming businesses were allowed to operate within a short distance of each other in Picnic Hill Road.
One was approved after the usual application was lodged but the other was approved retrospectively because it was already operating when the shire became aware of its existence.
In comparison, an extra horse on a rural property pales into insignificance.
Among the conditions set out to allow the extra horse, I think the one to prevent manure leaching into groundwater was a gem.
I only hope our councillors don’t realise there are quite a few sheep, cattle, horses and alpacas roaming around properties in Toodyay on which there are no controls for the prevention of their manure leaching into groundwater.
A lot of us will be in trouble when they do realise.
CONGRATULATIONS to the organisers and supporters of Opera in the Valley – a world-class, sold-out performance by Emma Pettemerides supported by Tommaso Pollio and Harriet Marshall.
Ms Pettemerides sparkled with a glint in her dazzling eyes, engaging smile and ability to draw the audience.
The repertoire included arias from the Marriage of Figaro and Die Fledermaus and contemporary songs.
It was an absolutely entertaining evening and an excuse to bring out the ‘glad rags’.
The proceeds of the evening went to support the running of 2020 Toodyay Musical Fest.
Toodyay is extremely fortunate to have such an exciting talent as Emma Pettemerides within our community.
I’D LIKE to ask the Toodyay Shire Council whether the CCTV cameras that are installed in the town’s main street and skate park area are fully operational?
As most are aware, there was a serious incident in the main street on August 19 which involved a car being stolen and rammed into two other innocent drivers, one of whom was injured enough to warrant a trip in the ambulance.
I’ve been informed that the camera which is directly above the incident out the front of the Toodyay Public Library does not work.
Therefore, vital footage required to prosecute the car thief is not available.
This footage is being requested by people’s insurance companies and could have an effect on innocent people not being paid out.
Also of concern is if a child was harmed or taken from the skate park/Duidgee Park area, vital footage would not be on hand to assist authorities in tracking them.
I feel that these cameras need to be all operational 100 per cent of the time and available to the police and other authorities who require them.
We all pay a high amount of council rates and we all deserve to have operational CCTV cameras to keep us and our loved ones safe.
FOR THOSE who believe the latest rate rise (for me personally it was not 2.5 per cent but seven per cent) is the straw that broke the camel’s back and I would like to simplify this reasoning.
The first straw is the Federal Government which taxes your income, adds GST to almost all goods and excise to every litre of fuel you purchase.
The next straw is State Governments that tax you with stamp duty, utility costs and constant increases, such as vehicle licence fees for your car, truck or trailer.
Now this rate increase.
Whether it be 2.5 per cent or 10 per cent may not seem a lot to those on the gravy train to whom it may just be petty cash but it does mean a hell of a lot to those on low and fixed incomes and that was the overwhelming sentiment at the last council community meeting.
I commend councillors and the administration for running these forums for the community to have their voice heard.
If at times views are more of a personal nature it needs to be understood that this is the only public way we can do it.
Sadly at a Federal and State level we only have an opportunity every three or four years at election time, and even then, with a change of government, what really changes?
My suggestion to those sitting councillors who voted for these rate rises is to consider reversing your decision.
You have a history for being able to do this when a person puts forward their case, so why can’t you do the same for the many ratepayers who petitioned you to not increase rates?
If for some reason the ‘system’ can’t allow this, then make a commitment to reduce rates next year by the same amount as this year’s increase.
Ultimately history will judge us all – those who spoke up and stood up when it mattered.
Perhaps now is the time for councillors to do this and to instruct the administration to sharpen their pencils and work within a reasonable budget compromise that gives ratepayers some feeling that their objections and their voices are being heard.
MY NAME is Rod Christian, brother of the famous Bret Christian who owns the Subiaco Post.
In 2013 my wife Glenda and I bought a property in Toodyay.
We visit almost weekly and stay there for breaks.
It’s a great little town and we love the ambience.
We have been reading with much interest The Herald which provides fantastic coverage of the goings-on in Toodyay, particularly the council fiasco.
I noticed recently that The West Australian newspaper is also featuring articles on the problems regarding councils not doing their jobs.
IT IS not often that you meet someone who is so genuinely caring, selfless and giving but I recently met that person in Toodyay at my mother’s funeral.
I realised soon after that meeting that Toodyay is blessed with an angel and her name is Edith.
I cannot put into words how much Edith has helped me after the sad passing of my mother.
Her love, compassion and care have been above and beyond anything I could have hoped for.
The help and support that she has provided throughout this very difficult time has been so genuine and from the heart.
She is truly an extraordinary lady who loves to help people.
You are blessed in Toodyay to have such a wonderful person who does so much for the community.
She is a true angel that touches so many hearts.
Bless you Edith.
MANY thanks to The Herald and Ieva Tomsons for last month’s story about Christmas shop owner Sean Byron.
We are so lucky to have business people like Sean in our community.
I am still missing his partner, our beautiful Richard Walkey, who was more than just a local GP but a true friend.